SHOCK VIDEO! Watch What A Dean Of This Top University Just Said About ISIS On Campus

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One of America’s prestigious Ivy League universities, Cornell, has a motto that’s a popular quotation from a founder of the New York institution of higher learning: “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.”

In light of a shocking new undercover video from James O’Keefe and Project Veritas, that motto takes on new, and to many, disturbing meaning.

As The New York Post reports, Cornell University’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, has been caught on camera saying the school would welcome active members of the terror organizations ISIS and Hamas onto campus.

“Scaffido casually endorses inviting an ISIS ‘freedom fighter’ to conduct a ‘training camp’ for students at the upstate Ithaca campus — bizarrely likening the activity to a sports camp.”

So, according to this university official, radical Islamists would be welcomed — even members of organizations the State Department has identified as terror groups — organizations that the U.S. military is engaged in fighting — organizations that have taken the lives of American soldiers who have fallen in the effort to defeat them.

“[Dean] Scaffido doesn’t even blink an eye when the undercover asks about providing material support for terrorists — ‘care packages, whether it be food, water, electronics.’”

Social media has exploded with reaction:
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By clicking on the video above, you can watch the Project Veritas video that exposes the political correctness that colors the thinking at Cornell as well as at so many other colleges in America.

In reaction to the furor over the dean’s welcome for ISIS and Hamas, Cornell has issued a statement, the The New York Post relays:

“‘Cornell fully supports the free exchange of ideas and does not review or control the political ideology of our students. We do not, of course, tolerate unlawful advocacy of violence, and the comment about training by ISIS freedom fighters does not reflect university policy,’ said Joel Malina, Cornell’s vice president for university relations.”

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AZ Gov. Ducey Wants Education Standards Reviewed ‘In Their Entirety’

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In a speech to his state’s education board Monday, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona said the math and language arts standards need to be reviewed “in their entirety.” Ducey did not call for Common Core to be repealed outright, however.

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Ducey, who was sworn in earlier this year, reminded the state board that he opposed Common Core during the course of his campaign, even though he did not call for an outright reversal of its repeal Tuesday.

“Our state needs to act so we can move forward,” Ducey said. “Begin by reviewing the English Language Arts and Mathematics standards in their entirety to ensure that our children are well served by the standards you develop—with full transparency.”

This review should include input from people at all levels of education from every corner of our state – including parents, teachers, principals, and content experts – and the focus needs to be on an Arizona solution.

And in any instance during your review, you find situations where Arizona standards can outperform or improve our current standards, I ask you to recommend replacement immediately.

Last week, Ducey’s fellow GOP governor, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, went a step further by calling for his state to pull out of Common Core altogether and replace them with state-approved standards.

“[T]he standards will be approved by majority vote of both houses of the Legislature through an up or down vote with recommendations sent to BESE for amendments,” Jindal’s office said in a statement. BESE refers to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The Bayou State would join Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina as states in leaving Common Core. Alaska, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia never adopted the federal standards.

h/t: The New York Times

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Report: Brooklyn School Handed Out Passing Grades To Boost Graduation Rate

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Unsatisfied with the high rate of failure among students, administrators at one Brooklyn, N.Y., high school decided to address the issue. According to developing reports, however, the method by which they sought to reverse the trend had little to do with improved teaching methods and everything to do with deception.

John Dewey High School is currently under investigation for reportedly giving failing students a free pass to graduate by distributing unearned passing grades. As part of the program, the school allegedly allowed students to earn credit for watching movies, playing games, and completing similarly recreational activities.

In addition to leading students in such questionable assignments, critics say the school is in violation of state law by allowing teachers to grade students in courses for which they are unlicensed to do so.

As a result, one unnamed source told the New York Post that a “major investigation” has been launched into “a large number of staffers and student grades” involved in the alleged scheme.

Students at the school reportedly refer to the alternate graduation path as “Easy Pass,” a moniker some local sources feel is warranted.

“It’s a bogus way of improving the graduation rate,” said former teacher and union representative Martin Haber.

He went on to explain the controversial alternative grew out of an increased effort by administrators to make sure teachers “pass as many students as possible.”

Though the local education department confirmed an investigation had been launched into the allegations, representatives declined to elaborate. If true, it appears the effort at least achieved the intended goal. While just over half of all Dewey seniors graduated in 2009, that number grew to nearly three in four just four years later.

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Black Student Group Demands California University Building Be Renamed for Cop Killer

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The Black Student Union (“BSU”) group at the University of California at Berkeley has demanded that one of the buildings on campus be renamed for Assata Shakur, a former member of the Black Panthers and the Black Liberation Army. She was first woman named to the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list.

As reported by World Net Daily, “Shakur, whose real name is Joanne Chesimard, was convicted in 1977 for the 1973 murder of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster during a traffic stop, where, during an altercation, she took the officer’s gun and shot him twice in the head as he lay on the ground.”

Shakur escaped from prison in 1979 and ultimately made her way to Cuba in 1984, where she obtained political asylum. The FBI is offering a $2 million reward for her capture. She is the aunt of the late rapper Tupac Shakur.

BSU students want Barrows Hall, which houses the Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, and African American Studies courses on campus, renamed Assata Shakur Hall. David Barrows was a former chancellor of the university who promoted ethnic diversity.

“We want the renaming for someone — Assata Shakur — who we feel like represents us as black students,” said Black Student Union spokesman Cori McGowens. “Black students on campus have a feeling of isolation, marginalization. We’re at a crisis on campus.” She is seen by the BSU as an “icon of resistance within oppressed communities (who) represents black resilience in the face of state-sanctioned violence.”

In addition to renaming Barrows Hall, the students made nine other demands (see below) aimed at making the “racially hostile” campus more inclusive for black students.

BSU students met with the provost and a vice chair of the university earlier this month. Current Berkeley Chancellor Nick Dirks also responded to the BSU demands via a letter saying in part:

Too many students have told us about being excluded from study groups, ignored during class discussions, verbally harassed at parties and social events, and feeling, in a general sense, vulnerable, isolated, and invisible. This is something we deplore.

Dirks added that a campus survey last year revealed that black students “feel the least respected of any group on campus.” He wrote that more advisers had been hired at the Athletic Studies Center (one of the BSU demands) as well as a new recruitment coordinator, and funding was being restored to programs aimed at bringing more black students into graduate programs.

Slightly more than 3 percent of Berkeley’s 36,204 students were black last year, totaling 1257, which includes 392 graduate students.

In his letter, Dirks did not respond to the BSU students’ demand to rename Barrrows Hall to Assata Shakur Hall. A spokesman for the university, when questioned about the demand, responded: “No comment.”

Here are the ten demands made by the students as reported by SFGate:

-Open an African American Student Development Resource Center with event space to help improve black students’ relatively low graduation rate of 77 percent.

-Allocate $300,371 to hire two black admissions staff members who specialize in recruiting black students.

-Allocate $113,932 for a program director to help with outreach and retention efforts done by student volunteers who say they are overburdened by the work.

-Hire two black psychologists who understand “the racially hostile campus climate at this university.”

-Hire two black development advisers to mentor and provide academic guidance for black athletes.

-Double the budget for the “Getting into Graduate School” mentorship program.

-Immediately create a committee to recommend, by April 8, ways to aggressively recruit and retain black staff and faculty.

-Rename Barrows Hall “Assata Shakur Hall.”

-Fully fund the American Cultures and Engaged Scholarship program, and hire two staff members for it.

-Top administrators and black student groups will meet together at least once a semester.

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Bobby Jindal Issues Proposal To Ditch Common Core

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Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana announced a plan Wednesday that would pull his state out of Common Core and replace it with “high-quality Louisiana standards.”

Jindal also announced support for a measure that would prevent the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) from entering into contracts or agreements with third parties.

Corestandards.org describes Common Core as “a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.”

Jindal said Wednesday that “This legislation will help us get Common Core out of Louisiana once and for all. We will not accept this one-sized-fits-all approach to our children’s education,” adding: “The package of legislation will make clear that the federal government or third parties do not have control over Louisiana’s schools, and help ensure that Louisiana parents and teachers create Louisiana standards and curriculum.”

Specifically, “[T]he standards will be approved by majority vote of both houses of the Legislature through an up or down vote with recommendations sent to BESE for amendments,” a statement from Jindal’s office said. The BESE refers to Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The plan quickly drew the ire of the head of BESE. “This isn’t an education plan, it’s a political plan,” said Chas Roemer, BESE president.

It is so clear he is only concerned about one thing: his own politics. It is so transparent now, I don’t even know why we attend the press conferences he calls.

John White, the superintendent of education in Louisiana, told the media Wednesday that 99 percent of eligible students would be taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests this spring. “Louisiana’s kids have stepped up,” proclaimed White.

PARCC is one of two consortia of states that came together to comply with federal standards.

The potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate was once himself a supporter of Common Core, noted The Washington Post, but has been banging the drum against the federal standards since late 2013.

If Jindal’s plan comes to fruition, Louisiana would join Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina as states that have ditched Common Core. Alaska, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia never adopted the federal standards.

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h/t: The Washington Post


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